Faenza the town of pottery and ceramics
Thousands of people flock to Via Baccarini 19 every year. They go in through the wooden door and come out again a few hours later with a blissful look on their faces. It isn’t some kind of opium den, but one of the largest European ceramic collections: the MIC or Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche.The M.I.C. has wonderful rooms full of classical Greek, Roman and Etruscan ceramics, Renaissance majolica, exotic pottery from Africa and the Far East, and wares from faraway lost cultures, such as pre-Colombian America.
Ceramics, after all, is in the local DNA: the term faience comes from Faenza and was originally applied only to the ceramic-ware produced here. In the 14th century, Faenza was already famous for its artwork and has been ever since. The finest ceramic piece is the Coppa Bergantini, a cup dating back to the 16th century. It is finely decorated with typical patterns of the Renaissance and has been signed and dated by the maker.
Tourist Information Centre
Voltone della Molinella, 2 Faenza
Tel +39 0546 25231
Fax +39 0546 25231
By train: Faenza is located on the Milano-Bari line and it is easily reached from all directions. It is also located on the historical "Faentina railroad line" which links the city to Florence through a fascinating journey in the green Appennino hills. Trenitalia
By car: Faenza is easily reached through the Via Emilia (SS9) and the A14 Autostrada. In Faenza you can get from Florence or Ravenna along the SP302. Highways
By bus: Departure from the Station of Couriers. The urban and suburban service is covered mainly by Startromagna.
By plane: The nearest airports are Bologna (50 km), Forlì (15 km), Rimini (100 km) and Florence